AUSTRALIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE
2017 SEASON - WEEK 4

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  10 DEC 2016 - ADELAIDE TAKES BIG 3-1 SERIES IN PERTH!

OVERVIEW:  HEAT - 14R  36H  6E  v  BITE - 23R  44H  0E. We haven't checked, and it probably happened before, but it is still worthy of lauding the Adelaide Bite for an errorless four-game series in Perth this weekend. The Bite also led the way for hits and runs in what was a quite significant 3-1 victory taken away from a venue where it has always been hard to win.

 
 

WEEK 4 - Game 1 - 8 DEC 2016 - Baseball Park, Thornlie

 

Team

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E

ADELAIDE

0 1 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 5 11 0

PERTH

0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 4 12 0
REPORT:  Adelaide starter Steven Chambers had a 3-0 lead and a shutout working for him when he departed with two outs in the bottom of the sixth, yet he had to watch on nervously as his win was in jeopardy toward the end of the contest. A.C Carter drove in the Bite's first run in the top of the second before Marcus Greene Jr. launched his fourth home run of the season in the fourth. Star import Josh Altmann drove in one of his three RBIs for the game in the fifth before the scoreboard really sprung to life in the seventh inning.
Altmann drove in another pair in the top of the seventh to give Adelaide a big 5-0 advantage but, in somewhat typical fashion, the Heat finally found their mojo just when it had looked forlorn. Perth mounted a rally that loaded the bases against Bite reliever Devon Barker in the home half and he was lifted in favour of former Sydney saves leader Matt Williams. The scene was set for former major leaguer Luke Hughes to deliver his third long ball of the season for a Grand Slam that instantaneously pulled the hosts within a run. On this occasion it was not quite enough as both bullpens put a halt to the scoring and Adelaide hung on for a valuable away victory at Thornlie.
Giant Dutch reliever Loek van Mil locked down the save while Michael Lee was lumbered with his third defeat. Luke Hughes and Joey Wong both recorded three hits for Perth, as did Adelaide's Josh Altmann who is now batting .353 and seemingly gathering momentum.

PERTH HEAT

ADELAIDE BITE

PITCHING:

Michael LEE (L,0-3)  5.0ip 6h 3r 3er 2bb 4k;
Cameron LAMB  2.0ip 4h 2r 2er 0bb 1k;
Benn GRICE  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 1k;
Lex RUTLEDGE  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Luke HUGHES 3-5 (HR-4RBI); Joey WONG 3-5 (D);
Matt KENNELLY 1-3; Sam KENNELLY 1-4; Derek PETERSON 1-4;
Jake BOWEY 1-4; Tim KENNELLY 1-5; Nick RUPPERT 1-5

PITCHING:

Steven CHAMBERS (W,1-1)  5.2ip 7h 0r 0er 0bb 3k;
Devon BARKER (H,1)  0.1ip 2h 3r 3er 0bb 1k;
Matt WILLIAMS (H,1)  2.0ip 1h 1r 1er 0bb 2k;
Loek van MIL (S,1)  1.0ip 2h 0r 0er 0bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Josh ALTMANN 3-5 (D-T-3RBI); Mitch DENING 2-4 (D);
Jordan COWAN 2-5 (D); Connar O'GORMAN 1-2 (D);
A.C CARTER 1-4 (D-RBI); Marcus GREENE JR 1-5 (HR-RBI);
LeDarious CLARK 1-5

 
 

WEEK 4 - Game 2 - 9 DEC 2016 - Baseball Park, Thornlie

 

Team

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E

ADELAIDE

0 0 0 0 6 2 0 0 0 8 14 0

PERTH

2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 11 2
REPORT:  Apparently someone had forgotten to feed those mice that run on the treadmill that powers the lights at Thornlie tonight!
I don't think the Heat will complain that the 20 minute blackout cost them the momentum in the contest, but they had led 2-0 before the Bite got the chance to regain their composure. In the bottom of the first Nick Ruppert singled to drive in stalwarts Tim Kennelly and Luke Hughes but Adelaide starter Max McNabb settled in after that early setback to grab his second win of the season with six frames for a quality start in the end. It was all travelling nicely for Perth starter Nick Veale until the top of the fifth when a leadoff walk set the tone for Adelaide's bats to come alive. Veale, who took his third loss of the season, was lifted during the carnage as the Bite had rattled up six runs before the inning was mercifully over for the hosts. Back-to-back RBI doubles from Mitch Dening and Josh Altmann added some padding for the Bite in the top of the next and Perth's resistance had gone away in a hurry. Reliever Greg Mosel earned a meritorious three-inning save for the Bite in support of McNabb as Adelaide were comfortable winners in conclusion.

PERTH HEAT

ADELAIDE BITE

PITCHING:

Nick VEALE (L,0-3)  4.2ip 8h 5r 3er 2bb 6k;
Conor LOUREY  0.1ip 0h 1r 0er 1bb 0k;
Adam MILLSON  3.0ip 4h 2r2er 3bb 1k;
Josh SILVI  1.0ip 2h 0r 0er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Brandon DALE 2-4 (D); Matt KENNELLY 2-4; Joey WONG 2-5 (D);
Nick RUPPERT 2-4 (2RBI); Luke HUGHES 1-4 (D); Alex HALL 1-4;
Tim KENNELLY 1-4

PITCHING:

Max McNABB (W,2-0)  6.0ip 8h 2r 2er 0bb 3k;
Greg MOSEL (S,1)  3.0ip 3h 0r 0er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Mitch DENING 3-4 (D-2RBI); Karl HOSCHKE 3-5; Jordan COWAN 2-5;
LeDarious CLARK 2-6 (D-2RBI); Connar O'GORMAN 1-3;
Josh ALTMANN 1-4 (D-RBI); Stefan WELCH 1-4; A.C CARTER 1-5

 
 

WEEK 4 - Game 3 - 10 DEC 2016 - Baseball Park, Thornlie

 

Team

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E

ADELAIDE

1 0 0 0 0 0 0     1 4 0

PERTH

1 0 0 0 0 2 X     3 6 2
REPORT:  With eleven big strikeouts along the way, it took Perth starter Tom Bailey exactly two hours to roll through the Adelaide lineup after LeDarious Clark had left the yard as the first batter of the game for the visitors. Far from being rattled from the outset, Bailey simply settled in to produce a masterpiece of dominant pitching for the Heat at Thornlie today. He faced just four more than the minimum number of batters while allowing the Bite just four hits in the process of collecting his first win of the season. A leadoff walk and a Tim Kennelly double set the table for Nick Ruppert to drive in a levelling run in the bottom of the first before the game rattled along without another score until the bottom of the sixth. Teenage Adelaide starter Jack O'Loughlin had done another impressive job for his ballclub but, with his pitch count just hitting eighty, he could go no further than the fifth. With losing pitcher Hei Chun Lee taking over on the hill, a one out walk, a wild pitch and a pair of two out walks proved fatal when playing manager Matt Kennelly drove in a pair of game winning runs. It was a fitting reward for Tom Bailey who was quite outstanding on his best day as an ABL pitcher.

PERTH HEAT

ADELAIDE BITE

PITCHING:

Tom BAILEY (W,1-1)  7.0ip 4h 1r 1er 0bb 11k

OFFENCE:

Nick RUPPERT 1-2 (RBI); Joey WONG 1-2; Tim KENNELLY 1-2 (D);
Derek PETERSON 1-2; Matt KENNELLY 1-2 (2RBI); Brandon DALE 1-3

PITCHING:

Jack O'LOUGHLIN  5.0ip 5h 1r 1er 1bb 3k;
Hei Chun LEE (L,0-2)  1.0ip 1h 2r 2er 3bb 0k

OFFENCE:

LeDarious CLARK 3-3 (HR-RBI); Josh ALTMANN 1-3

 
 

WEEK 4 - Game 4 - 10 DEC 2016 - Baseball Park, Thornlie

 

Team

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E

ADELAIDE

1 5 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 9 15 0

PERTH

0 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 5 7 2
REPORT:  In stark contrast to the earlier game today that was dominated by effective pitching, this nightcap of a double header Saturday in Perth was a tough one for the starting pitchers who both struggled. Whereas Tom Bailey had throttled Adelaide's offence this afternoon, there seemed to be no stopping them tonight as they piled up 15 safe hits for nine runs and a big 3-1 series victory. Heat starter Daniel Schmidt was hit hard and often from the start and he dug his team a deep 0-6 hole after just two innings with a couple of errors also adding to his woes. On the flip side, Bite starter Taylor Hawkins had difficulty calibrating his radar and seven walks helped to hand back much of Adelaide's advantage as Perth responded with four runs to trail 4-6 after three. 36yo Brandon Dale, who returned to ABL action after a three-year hiatus, clocked a home run for Perth, but that was all they could add while Adelaide scored a couple more toward the end.
Former Sydney star Mitch Dening continues to be a very handy acquisition with 2-3 that included his second long ball of the season, while A.C Carter and Karl Hoschke hit three times each for the Bite. Another Sydney native, Matt Williams, was the winning pitcher of record with five strike outs over three innings of top quality scoreless work for his adopted Adelaide club.

PERTH HEAT

ADELAIDE BITE

PITCHING:

Daniel SCHMIDT (L,1-2)  4.2ip 8h 7r 5er 0bb 3k;
Benn GRICE  1.1ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 2k;
Lex RUTLEDGE  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 2bb 0k;
Will DENNIS  2.0ip 5h 2r 2er 1bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Brandon DALE 1-2 (HR-2RBI); Derek PETERSON 1-3 (D-RBI);
Tim KENNELLY 1-3; Matt KENNELLY 1-4; Ulrich BOJARSKI 1-4 (RBI); Joey WONG 1-4 (RBI); Alex HALL 1-4

PITCHING:

Taylor HAWKINS  3.1ip 4h 4r 4er 7bb 0k;
Christopher HORNE  1.1ip 2h 1r 1er 1bb 1k;
Matt WILLIAMS (W,2-1)  3.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 5k;
Devon BARKER (H,2)  0.1ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 1k;
Loek van MIL  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 2bb 1k

OFFENCE:

A.C CARTER 3-5 (D-RBI); Karl HOSCHKE 3-5 (D-RBI);
Mitch DENING 2-3 (HR-RBI); Connar O'GORMAN 2-5 (2RBI);
Nathan Van DerLINDEN 1-2; Jordan COWAN 1-3 (2RBI);
LeDarious CLARK 1-5 (2RBI); Josh ALTMANN 1-5;
Marcus GREEN JR 1-5; Stefan WELCH 0-2 (RBI)

SERIES STARS:  Mitch Dening and LeDarious Clark both topped Adelaide's chart with seven hits and Clark also led the club with five RBIs. Josh Altmann and Karl Hoschke each enjoyed six hits for the series. Perth import Joey Wong matched Adelaide's best with seven knocks for Perth, while Luke Hughes was their top run producer with four RBIs. Perth's Game 3 starter Tom Bailey was the clear standout among pitchers in this series, although Adelaide starters Chambers, McNabb and O'Loughlin were also very worthy of mention also.

  10 DEC 2016 - MELBOURNE TRUMPS CANBERRA 3-1 AT HOME!

OVERVIEW:   ACES - 16R  27H  1E  v  CAVALRY - 5R  19H  3E. Although they managed just one run on two hits in Game 4, the Melbourne Aces clearly led all the series statistics from Melbourne Ballpark this weekend. The fact that they held a very dangerous Cavalry offence to just five runs across the four games speaks volumes about their pitching staff, especially their starting rotation.

 
 

WEEK 4 - Game 1 - 9 DEC 2016 - Melbourne Ballpark

 

Team

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E

CANBERRA

0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 4 2

MELBOURNE

0 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 X 5 9 0
REPORT:  The lights went out for a time during the early stages of the game in Perth tonight and for most of the night Melbourne's pitching turned out the lights on Canberra's offence here at Altona. Coming off his brilliant complete game shutout last weekend, former major leaguer Mark Hamburger struck out a dozen Cavalry batters to earn his third win of the young season and he already appears to be pretty much "as advertised"... an ace for the Aces! Only Boss Moanaroa's seventh inning long ball spoiled another shutout for Hamburger and new closer Josh Tols who romped through the ninth. A one out error in the bottom of the second rattled the cage of Canberra starter Lee Sosa who ultimately served up a four-run frame, spiced by 16yo Jarryd Dale's two RBI double.
Sosa was lifted after just those two innings to be replaced by Louis Cohen who was making his first appearance this season after doing a solid job for the Cavs last season. Cohen was rather rudely greeted by Allan de San Miguel's third bomb of the season, but he settled in very well after that to limit any further damage while striking out nine over six innings of sterling work. It was only that one rough inning that allowed the Aces to run away with this one in what was otherwise a superbly pitched game.

MELBOURNE ACES

CANBERRA CAVALRY

PITCHING:

Mark HAMBURGER (W,3-0)  8.0ip 4h 1r 1er 2bb 12k;
Josh TOLS  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Allan de SAN MIGUEL 2-3 (HR-RBI); Jarryd DALE 2-4 (D-2RBI);
Ronald ACUNA 2-4 (RBI); Jared CRUZ 1-3; Ryan DALE 1-4;
Roman COLLINS 1-4 (D)

PITCHING:

Lee SOSA L,1-1)  2.0ip 4h 4r 3er 2bb 1k;
Louis COHEN  6.0ip 5h 1r 1er 0bb 9k

OFFENCE:

Robbie PERKINS 1-3 (D); Josh ALMONTE 1-3; River STEVENS 1-4;
Boss MOANAROA 1-4 (HR-RBI)

 
 

WEEK 4 - Game 2 - 10 DEC 2016 - Melbourne Ballpark

 

Team

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E

CANBERRA

0 0 0 0 0 0 0     0 3 0

MELBOURNE

0 0 0 0 2 1 X     3 6 0
REPORT:  The Melbourne Aces have endured some rather underwhelming Japanese imports during the current incarnation of the ABL but, clearly, starting pitcher Keisuke Honda is not on that list. He sailed through the seven inning matinee game today with sublime ease, striking out five in a brilliant, three-hit shutout. Honda outlasted Canberra's Josh DeGraaf who also kept the Aces at bay through four scoreless frames before finally giving way after securing two outs in the bottom of the fifth. Cody Jones lashed a two out double, followed by a RBI single from Ronald Acuna and a RBI double from Roman Collins. Powerful first baseman Mike Walker "went yard" for the fourth time in the bottom of the sixth to expand Melbourne's lead to 3-0 and it was more than enough to provide Honda with win No.3 this season.
He is proving to be a terrific one-two punch with Mark Hamburger at the top of Melbourne's starting rotation.

MELBOURNE ACES

CANBERRA CAVALRY

PITCHING:

Keisuke HONDA (W,3-0)  7.0ip 3h 0r 0er 1bb 5k

OFFENCE:

Ronald ACUNA 2-3 (D-RBI); Mike WALKER 1-2 (HR-RBI);
Cody JONES 1-3 (D); Roman COLLINS 1-3 (D-RBI);
Liam BEDFORD 1-3

PITCHING:

Josh DeGRAAF (L,2-1)  5.0ip 5h 2r 2er 2bb 3k;
Jackson LOWERY  1.0ip 1h 1r 1er 0bb 3k

OFFENCE:

D.J DAVIS 1-2; River STEVENS 1-2; Mike REEVES 1-3

 
 

WEEK 4 - Game 3 - 10 DEC 2016 - Melbourne Ballpark

 

Team

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E

CANBERRA

0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 4 0

MELBOURNE

1 2 0 2 1 1 0 0 X 7 10 0
REPORT:  When the Canberra Cavalry finally scored a run in the top of the fifth tonight, it was only the second run they had scored against the Aces' pitching over 21 innings in this series at Melbourne Ballpark. Former South Aussie giant Dushan Ruzic kept the shackles firmly applied to the Cavalry hitters with a quality start that earned him the win and he certainly had plenty of movement on his pitches tonight. Meanwhile Melbourne went to work on Canberra starter Scott Cone with Ronald Acuna doubling and scoring the opener in the first. Boy wonder Jarryd Dale drove in a pair with his RBI single in the bottom of the second and the Aces were off and running. When another two runs were added in an untidy bottom of the fourth, Melbourne had skated away to a 5-0 lead and they ultimately coasted to a quite convincing 7-2 win in the nightcap of a profitable double header day. Melbourne's pitching has been "brutal" so far in this series!

MELBOURNE ACES

CANBERRA CAVALRY

PITCHING:

Dushan RUZIC (W,1-1)  5.0ip 3h 1r 1er 2bb 1k;
Shogo NODA  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 2k;
Shane LINDSAY  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 2bb 1k;
Matt WILSON  0.0ip 1h 1r 1er 2bb 0k;
Virgil VASQUEZ  2.0ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Liam BEDFORD 2-4 (T-RBI); Mike WALKER 2-4 (D); Jared CRUZ 1-3;
Ronald ACUNA 1-3 (D); Cody JONES 1-4; Roman COLLINS 1-4 (RBI);
Ryan DALE 1-4 (T-RBI); Jarryd DALE 1-4 (2RBI)

PITCHING:

Scott CONE (L,0-1)  3.2ip 6h 5r 5er 3bb 3k;
Tyler HERR  4.1ip 4h 2r 2er 3bb 7k

OFFENCE:

Aaron SAYERS 1-3; Jason SLOAN 1-3; Robbie PERKINS 1-4 (D);
Mike REEVES 1-4; River STEVENS 0-4 (RBI)

 
 

WEEK 4 - Game 4 - 11 DEC 2016 - Melbourne Ballpark

 

Team

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E

CANBERRA

0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 8 1

MELBOURNE

0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 1
REPORT:  On the brink of back-to-back series sweeps, the Melbourne Aces once again held Canberra's offence in check on "getaway day" but, regrettably for them, their own offence fell one short in a narrow 2-1 victory for the Cavalry. Young pro starter Jon Kennedy had been really good for the Aces, allowing just the one run in the top of the second during a quality five inning outing. He lasted an inning longer than Canberra starter Sean Guinard who allowed only one unearned run over four. With the wind blowing in from left field, it was certainly tough for the batters this afternoon and the 1-1 tie remained unchanged from the third inning until the ninth. Former Adelaide pitcher Josh Tols has been a terrific addition for Melbourne so far this season, but he ran into strife in the top of the ninth when three singles and a walk saw Canberra notch a game-winning run right at the end for a consolation victory before heading home. Zech Lemond was the beneficiary of the win before crafty lefty Steve Kent struck out three in the bottom of the ninth for a very useful save, his third of the season. Dangerous Cavalry hitter Boss Moanaroa showed his prowess with three of the ten hits recorded by both teams combined today.

MELBOURNE ACES

CANBERRA CAVALRY

PITCHING:

Jon KENNEDY  5.0ip 2h 1r 1er 1bb 6k;
Luke ABELS  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k;
Matt WILSON  0.1ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 0k;
Brandon STENHOUSE  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 1k;
Josh TOLS (L,0-1)  1.2ip 4h 1r 1er 1bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Ronald ACUNA 1-2; Cody JONES 1-3

PITCHING:

Sean GUINARD  4.0ip 1h 1r 0er 3bb 1k;
Tim ATHERTON  2.0ip 1h 0r 0er 1bb 2k;
Zech LEMOND (W,1-0) 2.0ip 0h 0r 0er 5k;
Steve KENT (S,3)  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 3k

OFFENCE:

Boss MOANAROA 3-4; Mike REEVES 1-4 (D); Kyle PERKINS 1-4 (RBI);
River STEVENS 1-4; Jason SLOAN 1-4; Aaron SLOAN 1-4

SERIES STARS:  Venezuelan import Ronald Acuna was Melbourne's leading hitter with six form a series where he hit safely in every game. Following his Grand Slam homer last weekend, 16yo Jarryd Dale remarkably topped the Aces with four RBIs. Boss Moanaroa led Canberra's offence with the low tally of four hits, including their only home run across a series where only three balls left the yard. From a series that showcased some fine pitching, Melbourne's first two starters Mark Hamburger and Keisuke Honda were simply outstanding!

  10 DEC 2016 - SYDNEY TAKES DOUBLE TO LEAD BANDITS 2-1!

OVERVIEW:   BLUE SOX - 16R  34H  3E  v  BANDITS - 17R  34H  3E. Of course it will always sound far too obvious at a time like this, but you could hardly find such similar overall totals from a 2-2 series split. In the end Brisbane scored just one more run, while the totals for hits and errors were identical. To continue the "captain obvious" trend, this series at Blacktown was about as evenly fought as you can get!

 
 

WEEK 4 - Game 1 - 9 DEC 2016 - Blacktown

 

Team

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E

BRISBANE

0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 8 1

SYDNEY

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
REPORT:  Although he has not yet celebrated his 27th birthday, Queensland warhorse Justin Erasmus seems to have been around forever and tonight he produced one of his finest ever performances at national league level. For a man who usually "pitches to contact" and who battles for his outs, his nine punch outs across six shutout innings was a stunning effort of effectiveness. It was an overall performance reminiscent of their 2016 Championship best from the Bandits bullpen, with 'Bully Boys' Timms and Searle making sure that the shutout was maintained over the last few innings. Searle recorded his fourth save and Timms posted his fourth save already this season. While there was literally nothing doing for the Blue Sox on home soil tonight, their own pitching wasn't too shabby either. Starter Trevor Foss struck out more than one per inning himself, yet he was dealt a second loss when Kevin Padlo broke the deadlock with a sacrifice fly. He drove in Logan Wade, who singled to leadoff the top of the sixth, then Brisbane added another run in the top of the seventh to register all of the scoring they needed on this occasion.  Justin Erasmus, it was your night at Blacktown tonight... top job!!

SYDNEY BLUE SOX

BRISBANE BANDITS

PITCHING:

Trevor FOSS (L,1-2)  5.1ip 5h 1r 1er 3bb 6k;
Gyoung-Wan LIM  0.2ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k;
Vaughan HARRIS  1.0ip 2h 1r 1er 1bb 2k;
Ryoto YOSHIKOSHI  2.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 4k

OFFENCE:

Jacob YOUNIS 2-3; Stone GARRETT 1-4 (D); Trent D'ANTONIO 1-4;
Tucker NEUHAUS 1-4 (D); Malik COLLYMORE 1-4

PITCHING:

Justin ERASMUS (W,1-0)  6.0ip 3h 0r 0er 1bb 9k;
Matt TIMMS (H,4)  1.0ip 2h 0r 0er 1bb 1k;
Ryan SEARLE (S,4)  2.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 5k

OFFENCE:

Thomas MILONE 2-3 (T); Logan WADE 2-4 (D); Mitch NILSSON 2-4;
T.J BENNETT 2-5 (RBI); Kevin PADLO 0-2 (RBI)

 
 

WEEK 4 - Game 2 - 10 DEC 2016 - Blacktown

 

Team

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E

BRISBANE

0 0 1 0 0 1 0     2 5 0

SYDNEY

0 0 0 0 5 1 X     6 7 0
REPORT:  When the Brisbane Bandits scored the opening run in the top of the third today, it allowed their starter Rick Teasley to take a 1-0 lead into the fifth inning of this seven inning matinee game. Unfortunately for him, that was where the fun ended rather abruptly with a leadoff walk and a one out hit batter hardly helping his cause in a game-losing five run frame. Impressive import Malik Collymore went deep for the third time this season with a three-run bomb that put the exclamation mark on a telling rally that wrested the game away for the Blue Sox in stunning fashion. While Teasley finally faltered, Sydney's Luke Wilkins went about his business with quiet efficiency through six innings to grasp his second win of the season in really deserving fashion. The first of the double header games was all over in a tick over 100 minutes as the 'B-Sox' levelled this home series at Blacktown against their State-Of-Origin rivals.

SYDNEY BLUE SOX

BRISBANE BANDITS

PITCHING:

Luke WILKINS (W,2-1)  6.0ip 5h 2r 2er 1bb 3k;
Josh GUYER  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Jacob YOUNIS 2-2 (RBI); Trent D'ANTONIO 2-3 (2RBI);
Malik COLLYMORE 1-3 (HR-3RBI); Stone GARRETT 1-3;
Hiroki YAMAZAKI 1-3

PITCHING:

Rick TEASLEY (L,1-2)  5.0ip 6h 5r 5er 1bb 3k;
Simon MORRISS  1.0ip 1h 1r 1er 2bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Ryan BATTAGLIA 1-2 (D); Donald LUTZ 1-2 (D-RBI);
Logan WADE 1-3; Mitch NILSSON 1-3; Aaron WHITEFIELD 1-4 (RBI)

 
 

WEEK 4 - Game 3 - 10 DEC 2016 - Blacktown

 

Team

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E

BRISBANE

0 0 0 4 2 0 2 0 0 8 14 1

SYDNEY

4 0 1 0 0 1 2 0 1 9 13 3
REPORT:  The Blue Sox and Bandits slugged out a "wild one" at Blacktown tonight to provide plenty of offence and fluctuation of fortunes for fans at the end of a double header day. On a tough night for pitchers, rival starters Mitch Nilsson and Craig Anderson both found the going tough as the hitters prospered. A red letter game for diminutive outfielder Alex Howe began with his bases clearing, three RBI double in a four-run first inning and, when Sydney added another run in the bottom of the third, a five run lead was in hand. However, the defending Champs weren't about to take it lying down when they rallied back with six runs to take an unlikely 6-5 lead after five innings. The see-saw of lead changes continued over the next couple of innings with Kevin Padlo driving in a couple for Brisbane and Howe nailing his second double for the night for the hosts. The action calmed toward the end of the contest with the scores locked at 8-8 in a tense finish. Rhys Niit had done some tidy relief work for the Bandits, but he was to fall victim to the red-hot bat of Alex Howe to smashed one over right field to lead off the bottom of the ninth as the walkoff hero for the Blue Sox. The win fell to Josh Guyer who pitched the last for Sydney in tidy fashion.
Mitch Nilsson kept his consistent season going with three knocks, but they were paled by Alex Howe's three HUGE ones tonight!

SYDNEY BLUE SOX

BRISBANE BANDITS

PITCHING:

Craig ANDERSON  4.2ip 9h 6r 5er 0bb 4k;
Todd GRATTAN  2.0ip 3h 2r 2er 0bb 2k;
Sven SCHULLER  1.1ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 1k;
Josh GUYER (W,1-0)  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Alex HOWE 3-5 (2D-HR-4RBI); Trent D'ANTONIO 2-4;
Tucker NEUHAUS 2-5 (RBI); Stone GARRETT 2-5;
Malik COLLYMORE 1-3; Guy EDMONDS 1-4 (D-2RBI);
Zac SHEPHERD 1-4 (RBI); Joshua DEAN 1-4 (RBI)

PITCHING:

Daniel NILSSON  3.0ip 6h 5r 5er 1bb 2k;
Sam HOLLAND  2.2ip 2h 1r 1er 2bb 3k;
Matt TIMMS (BS,1)  0.2ip 1h 1r 1er 0bb 1k;
Jake PANNUNZIO  0.0ip 1h 1r 1er 0bb 0k;
Rhys NIIT (BS,1)(L,1-1)  1.2ip 3h 1r 1er 1bb 4k

OFFENCE:

Mitch NILSSON 3-5; Liam TAYLOR 2-2; Ryan BATTAGLIA 2-3 (D-RBI);
Kevin PADLO 2-4 (D-3RBI); Connor MacDONALD 1-4 (D-2RBI);
Logan WADE 2-5; Thomas MILONE 1-4 (RBI); Aaron WHITEFIELD 1-5

 
 

WEEK 4 - Game 4 - 11 DEC 2016 - Blacktown

 

Team

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E

BRISBANE

3 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 5 7 1

SYDNEY

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REPORT:  Hard hitting Brisbane import Kevin Padlo lashed a bases clearing three RBI triple in the top of the first to give the Bandits a lead that they would not surrender today while levelling this away series 2-2 at Blacktown. Former pro Logan Wade drove in a run, stole two bases and scored himself in the top of the fifth to give Brisbane a 5-0 lead, while the 'B-Sox' could answer with only one in the bottom of the fifth.
It was not to be a triumphant return for Sydney's former major league pitcher Chris Oxspring who took the loss when he was outlasted by Bandits' new import Tyler Champlin. The latter took the ball into the seventh inning before handing over after throwing his 100th pitch on a terrific day that brought him his first ABL win. Ryan Searle locked down save No.5 for the season and Logan Wade recorded three hits as the other stars for Brisbane at Blacktown this afternoon. The spoils of victory were perhaps fittingly shared!

SYDNEY BLUE SOX

BRISBANE BANDITS

PITCHING:

Chris OXSPRING (L,0-1)  4.1ip 5h 4r 4er 3bb 4k;
Aaron SOOKEE  2.2ip 2h 1r 1er 1bb 0k;
Vaughan HARRIS  2.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Guy EDMONDS 2-4; Malik COLLYMORE 2-4 (RBI);
Stone GARRETT 2-4; Jacob YOUNIS 1-4; Tucker NEUHAUS 1-4

PITCHING:

Kramer CHAMPLIN (W,1-1)  6.2ip 6h 1r 0er 1bb 5k;
Ryan SEARLE (S,5)  2.1ip 2h 0r 0er 2bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Logan WADE 3-4 (RBI); Kevin PADLO 1-4 (T-3RBI);
Mitch NILSSON 1-3 (RBI); Ryan BATTAGLIA 1-3;
Aaron WHITEFIELD 1-4

SERIES STARS:  Import Stone Garrett was Sydney's most prolific hitter with six, just ahead of Younis, D'Antonio and Collymore with five. Collymore and Game 3 hero, Alex Howe, both drove in four. Logan Wade was terrific for the Bandits with eight hits to just edge Mitch Nilsson who boasted seven. Kevin Padlo took his season total to 14 RBIs with five more big ones this weekend. Seasoned Brisbane pitcher Justin Erasmus produced the best outing in Game 1 of this series, while team mate Kramer Champlin and Sydney's Luke Wilkins were also very good.